A spare part dealer in Oshodi (Lagos) identified as Isaiah Chukwu (35 years) has allegedly killed his lover, who was discovered to be known as Joy (26 years).
Both hailing from Ebonyi, Chukwu and Joy, lived together for as just lovers. Chukwu, after killing Joy, was said to have stuffed her corpse in a sack. They were suspicious of the content of the sack, and began interrogating him.
An Islamic cleric, who was passing by, was said to have opened the sack and discovered the corpse, which triggered violent reactions from people on Chukwu.
Residents said they were shocked since the lovers lived amicably before the development.
A trader, who wished to be unnamed told journalists that Chukwu had declared the victim missing days before carrying out the ugly act.
He said: “The one-storeyed building where they lived had been contracted to a developer, who ordered all tenants in the house to leave. They were the only tenants remaining on the first floor. Some other tenants stayed on the ground floor.
“About four days ago, he said he had been looking for the woman and her telephone line had not been reachable. Later, he said it had been switched off.
“However, around 4am on Monday, he was seen dragging something from his apartment. Because it is the Ramadan period, there are usually movements on the street by that time.
“Some boys on the street saw him dragging the sack with difficulty and they asked him what was inside it. He said it was a heap of spoiled food and he was taking it to the refuse dump which was a few metres away. They asked him to open it, but he refused.”
The trader reported that the youths started hitting Chukwu, insisting that he opened the sack. The cleric said: “As he opened it, an overpowering stench from the corpse filled the air and the youths stripped the man naked and beat him up. They were about to lynch him when policemen from the Akinpelu division arrived and took him away.”
Another resident said the suspect might have allegedly killed Joy before Monday, May 21. The resident said: “He rarely comes out to play with people. But on Sunday, he came downstairs and played with people for a long time.
“When people went to the room after the woman’s corpse was discovered, the whole apartment was filled with perfume.”
Some acquaintances of the victim said that she was very fond of Chukwu. One of them said: “They don’t fight. In fact, people always envied their relationship. The woman could be doing something and immediately she heard that he was around, she would leave it and say, ‘My oga don come. My darling don come.’ I never believed this could happen.”
A police source revealed that Joy was stabbed in the back. He stated: “We recovered a knife which he used for the crime and four mobile phones from the house. Although investigations are ongoing, we suspect it had to do with suspicion of infidelity.
“The man said he had called her when he travelled and a man picked the call. He said the man queried him (Chukwu) for disturbing his wife.” The suspect, who spoke briefly with newsmen, confirmed the source’s account.
He said: “I travelled on Thursday to attend a burial in Abraka, Delta State. I left Abraka the following day for my hometown in Ebonyi State. I called my wife around 11pm to know how she was faring. We exchanged pleasantries.
“Around 11.45pm, I called again, but she did not pick her calls. I called about 10 times, but she did not pick. Then I heard a man’s voice. On Monday (after he returned), as I was going to take my bath, I saw the corpse.”
One of the relatives of the victim broke down in tears at the Akinpelu police station upon hearing the news of Joy’s death. The relative’s husband asked that she be excused from police interview.
He said: “They were not married, although he has visited her family members in the village. They have been living together for the past two years without formalising their marriage.
“He rented that apartment for her, while he stayed with his brothers in another house. He used to go to meet her at her apartment.
“She (Joy) had come to see my wife about a week ago to say that she was no longer interested in the relationship. But the man said he could not let go because of the money he had spent on her. My wife counselled her to consider him and she said she would think about it before this incident happened.”
SP Chike Oti, the state police public relations officer, confirmed the incident, adding that the case had been transferred to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department in the Yaba area of the state.
The Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has ordered diligent prosecution of the case. He has also advised residents not to stay in abusive relationships and report any case of domestic violence before it is too late.”